IBD: Ulcerative Colitis
Not showing symptoms for COVID-19? You should still be taking care to practice social distancing!
The fact of the matter is, even if you’re not showing any symptoms, you can pass this virus on to people who ARE at risk. This not only means the elderly in our community, but people who are have compromised immune systems. Many IBD patients, for example, are on medications that suppress the immune system, and it’s times like these that we need to band together and think of our neighbours. People who suffer from a chronic underlying conditions chronic respiratory illnesses, diabetes, cancer, etc are also at risk. We must be proactive now and get in front of this pandemic.
Practicing social distancing is the best way possible to keep this virus from spreading and potentially harming more people in our community. If you are not taking immunosuppressive medications and your condition is currently in remission, you are at the same level of risk as the general public, according to Crohn’s and Colitis Canada. However, if you are taking an immunosuppressive medication, make sure to continue taking your medications and prioritize social distancing as soon as you can.
If you are not showing any symptoms, please refrain from any in person visits with a doctor. Healthcare professionals will be working day and night to help the infected, and they must prioritize at risk patients. If we all take care and do our best to protect one another by following the advice of the Public Health Agency of Canada, we have to potential to save countless lives while we wait for a viable vaccine.
We know there’s a lot of information being shared online, so we have decided to make a list of relevant links to help you easily find the best resources for you:
You can learn more about health and safety recommendations for patients by going to the Crohn’s and Colitis web page here: https://crohnsandcolitis.ca/Living-with-Crohn-s-Colitis/COVID-19-and-IBD
Health Canada also has information and recommendations for the general public on how to safely navigate this pandemic.https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/coronavirus-disease-covid-19.html
For additional information about COVID-19 in your area, please visit the links below:
Federal COVID-19 information
Travel Advice and Advisories
Ontario COVID-19 information
British Columbia COVID-19 information
Quebec COVID-19 information
Alberta COVID-19 information
New Brunswick COVID-19 information
Newfoundland and Labrador COVID-19 information
Nova Scotia COVID-19 information
Prince Edward Island COVID-19 information
Manitoba COVID-19 information
Saskatchewan COVID-19 information
Yukon COVID-19 information
Northwest Territories COVID-19 information
Nunavut COVID-19 information